How to terminate a gym membership contract

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How to terminate a gym membership contract
Read the fine print. (final contract winner image by Keith Frith from

Perhaps you want to terminate your fitness club contract because you are relocating, have a health issue or want to change gyms. Review your contract for information regarding membership cancellation. Contact a gym representative for clarification of the procedures and fees that may be associated with ending the contract. Any documentation, such as a doctor's note, can also be presented at the time of cancellation. During the cancellation process make sure to maintain a copy of all letters and receipts. The documentation can provide legal proof of the membership cancellation.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Read your contract and terms. Review the section that covers membership cancellation and fees.

  2. 2

    Contact a gym representative regarding the cancellation of the contract and of all membership dues. Write down the representative's name and the date you spoke to them. A fee may be required before the cancellation process can be completed. Retain any cancellation payment receipt.

  3. 3

    Write a cancellation letter and mail it the address provided on your contract or provided by the gym representative. You can include in the letter your name, current date, membership number, reason for cancellation, the name of the representative you spoke to, the effective date of the cancellation, and your contact number. Keep a copy of the letter for you records.

  4. 4

    Take the letter to the post office and ask the USPS representative how to have a confirmation of receipt mailed to you once the recipient has received it. Keep the receipt for your records.

Tips and warnings

  • Monitor any account that your membership dues where automatically withdrawn from. If deductions continue, contact the gym manager or the financial institution and provide a copy of the cancellation documentation.

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